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bellied (not comparable)

  1. Having a large or prominent belly.
  2. (in combination) Having a belly of a specified type.
    • 1997, Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez, Breaking even‎
      But one guy was still yelping: a big-bellied biker, with a long, black beard that hung halfway down his bloated gut.
  3. Swollen, bulging, or billowing; bellying.
    • 1819, Joseph Rodman Drake, “The American Flag” in The Culprit Fay, and Other Poems, New York: Van Norden & King, 1847, p. 91,[2]
      Flag of the seas! on ocean wave
      Thy stars shall glitter o’er the brave;
      When death, careering on the gale,
      Sweeps darkly round the bellied sail,
    • 1857, Alexander Smith, “A Boy’s Poem” in City Poems, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, pp. 98-99,[3]
      We heard the swarming streets, the noisy mills;
      Saw sooty foundries full of glare and gloom,
      Great bellied chimneys tipped with tongues of flame,
      Quiver in smoky heat.
    • 1883, George Meredith, “Phoebus with Admetus” in Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of the Earth, London: Macmillan, p. 74,[4]
      Hand-like rushed the vintage; we strung the bellied skins
      Plump, and at the sealing the Youth’s voice rose:
  4. (figuratively) Overblown, exaggerated.

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  1. simple past tense and past participle of belly